The regular meeting of the Dysart City Council was held on October 10, with many issues up for discussion and all members present.
Dwayne Luze, president of the Dysart Development Corporation, thanked the council for allowing the DDC to close Main Street for the Beer & Wine Fest last week. The festival was a big success, with estimates of close to 600 people in attendance from all over the area.
Ms. Pippert raised concerns during the public forum about the Tama County Sheriff's Office response to a police call in Dysart. She expressed her opinion that a deputy's vehicle was traveling too fast through city streets and it was a danger to residents and students from the nearby school.
Representatives from the Dysart Historical Society were present to request permission to move a shed to the museum complex. The council gave permission subject to a building permit approval.
A special public hearing was opened on the city's proposal to sell the 1411 Wilson Street property. No members of the public were present to offer comment, and the hearing was declared closed. No offers were received, so no additional action was taken.
City employee reports were given, which included the city's purchase and installation of their new copier at City Hall, and the winterization of the pool.
Council member Glenn thanked Steve Hix for his work and updated the council on scoreboard plans at the park. The rough outline of the scoreboard was shown to council members, and will take approximately five weeks to complete after a final decision is made on design.
Council member Brandt congratulated Tama County for having the number one police dog in the state, and also reported on the League of Cities conference he attended. He said it was a positive experience and encouraged council members to attend next year if they can.
Hennessy noted that the grass seeding on State Street was complete but would need rain and watering to properly set for next year. Wankowicz detailed her time at the Tama County EMA meeting, and discussed a possible change to the Code Red system, which will be discussed as the EMA & E911 boards take shape.
Mayor Thiele congratulated the DDC on a successful Wine Fest, and brought to the council's attention a handmade wooden bowl.
Will Zitterich, of Ames, made the bowl from wood he collected from the park after the July 2011 wind storm. The bowl will be on display in City Hall as a reminder of the great things that can come out of tough circumstances.
A pay estimate for the State Street water project was approved to Con-Struct Inc. for $7,000.
The council also approved the cost of repairs to the City Shop, which will receive all new steel, new overhead doors and openers. The total cost of improvements will be $26,225.44. The motion was introduced by Brandt, and seconded by Hennessy, passing unanimously.
City Engineer Morrow will get a quote from Horsfield Construction for storm sewer concerns in the area of Fairlane Street. He also outlined special assessments on the Talmage Street paving project, which will need to have additional hearings and measures taken over the next few months.
Ms. Burger of Speer Financial was also present to discuss with the council the possible refinancing of the Acquatic Center General Obligation debt. Refinancing would save the city approximately $56,000 over the course of the bonds. A public hearing will be set in the coming months, as the council voted in favor of Resolution 2012-25, which will allow for the hearing on bonds not to exceed $600,000.
A resolution (2012-26) was also made to set a public hearing to amend the city's Urban Renewal Plan.
Bids for fall spraying of city properties were accepted, with only one being presented. The bid from Shamrock Lawn Service was approved at a cost of $875. Hennessy abstained from the vote due to being in the same line of work and not wanting a conflict of interest.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Dysart City Council is set for Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m.